The field will feature nearly 70 professional players competing in both singles and doubles events for $25,000 in total prize money. Players ranked as high as No. 300 in the world compete in the ITF World Tennis Tour events. Several current and former University of Iowa Hawkeye Men’s players are expected to compete.
Qualifying matches begin on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 10:00am, featuring 32 singles competitors vying for one of eight places in the main draw. Main draw play begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, July 17, 2019 as 32 singles competitors and 16 doubles teams begin their quest for prize money and world ranking points.
The Old Capitol Tennis Championships will start a USTA Pro Circuit “summer swing” where players travel to similar ITF World Tennis Tour tournaments in Champaign-Urbana, IL; Decatur, IL; and Edwardsville, IL. Players participating in this stretch of tournaments hope to improve their world ranking and move up to the next level of professional tournaments: Challengers. From the Challenger Circuit, players move to the ATP Tour and have the eventual goal of competing in tennis’ major tournaments such as Wimbledon and the US Open.
When asked about his motives for supporting Hawkeye Tennis, Kirk Mellecker said, “In our quest to transform the University of Iowa into an elite tennis destination we felt that bringing a USTA Pro Circuit event to Iowa City was critical to our overall goal of moving the Hawkeyes to top 25 status. I want to thank the USTA, Ross Wilson our men’s head coach along with Alex Voss our tournament director for their hard work and foresight in bringing all this together.”
The Old Capitol Tennis Championships is organized by the University of Iowa’s Sport and Recreation program and boasts a team of 20 students who are developing and executing tournament operations. The tournament provides students experiential learning opportunities on the Iowa City campus while exposing the Corridor to professional tennis. Iowa City and the University of Iowa are excited to bring a tournament of this magnitude to the city and to showcase the epicenter of Hawkeye Pride.